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were all early votes. >> people take advantage of it. that's why some voter id stuff has gotten controversial. some governors are trying to limit early voting. but, so, getting interesting. 40 days to go. next wednesday of course the debate is going to be huge. could be another break through moment. high drama at new york's jfk airport. emergency crews called to the tarmac as a jetliner approached with landing gear that failed. the pilot told passengers to prepare for a hard landing. reporter sarah wallace of wabc was there. >> reporter: the relieved applause of passengers. juan captured it all on his iphone as flight 8078 from rio made an emergency landing at kennedy airport. >> you could see firefighters and emergency. >> so crazy. >> you were afraid? >> it had been an agonizing wait for those on board the airbus 330 who knew something was
potentially very wrong. >> they told us the front gear was, had a problem. so we would have emergency landing. >> reporter: the airbus circled twice as pilots frantically tried to get the nose gear of the jet straightened out it was stuck side ways. controllers in the tower kept check the airbus there was this exchange. >> tower 8078, the nose gear landing gear appears normal. >> 8078, it does not aper to be normal. >> thank you very much, 8078. >> it appears cocked at 90 degrees. >> as the airbus went around for a third time and landed with emergency crews on stand by, the nose gear straightened out. one first responder who witnessed the drama, told us it was a hand of god moment. >> a lot of things go through your mind, like that may be the last time you will fly or have a chance to see anybody. it worked out fine. >> reporter: it did work out fine. although the aircraft was
diverted to jfk's longest runway, the bay runway which is 14,000 feet, just as a precaution. obviously now federal investigators trying to determine what went wrong with that nose gear. >> relieved passengers there. in other news this morning, the university of california has agreed to pay a $1 million settlement stemming from a controversial pepper spraying incident. campus police sparked outrage across the country when they were videotaped last year pepper spraying peaceful occupied protesters at uc davis. you probably remember that video. the 21 people sprayed in the incident will get $30,000 apiece, plus a written apology. the school also has to pay the preside plaintive's attorney's fees. breaking news overnight, the nfl and referees have reached an agreement. thankfully, the professionals will be back on the field tonight in baltimore. the controversial call by the replacement refs at monday's packers/seahawks' game that forced the two sides into marathon talks.
referees will vote on the new eight-year agreement this weekend but the lockout will be lifted in the meantime. again, we will have the official, officials, on the field for the ravens/browns' guam tonight. you know there is some concern about the 121 refs necessarily have they been briefed on some of the new rules, have they passed physicals, will they pass physicals, going to endure, physicals and briefed on the new rules. should be ready to go. >> a great thing. a lot of folks are relieved. trying to dig up the e-mail the producer sent to us about the salaries. >> that will increase to $173,000 by 2013, that is, and $205,000 by 2019. this is not a full time job for a lot. they have side jobs. >> that is a lot of dough. i didn't know the refs. i figured it was decent paying job. not $200,000 a year for refs? i mean, whew. shows you how lucrative the nfl
its. >> no one is starving that is for sure. here is your thursday forecast everybody. showers from the colorado rockies to south dakota. a wet day from new mexico to south texas. thunderstorms from wichita to pittsburgh. a few showers around the big apple. philly and d.c. >> 60s and 70s from northeast into the great lakes, the dakotas. 80s in atlanta, miami, and new orleans. 97 in phoenix. just 67 in colorado springs. see you in a few hours, new orleans. can't wait. also this morning, sacramento woman honored after her heroic action saved the life of a little boy. elise nelson described how she looked down from her upstairs patty to see a 2-year-old lifeless little boy right there in the pool. his 3-year-old brother asking for help. >> she ran downstairs, started cpr then called 911. by the time paramedics got there the child was breathing again. every parent's wor nightmare. if you have a pool around that your child will find its way.
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coming again. only the end of september, of course, halloween still down the road, thanksgiving way off in the distance. but that may be the case on the calendar, at least. >> you don't have your christmas presents purchased already? >> is it christmas eve? >> for retailers looking to step up for the holiday season this is primetime, abc's cecilia vega met job-seekers in l.a. >> reporter: just about everyone in line at this los angeles job fair was clinging to two things, a resume and hope. how long have you ben out of work? >> for eight months now. >> reporter: wow. >> it's been hitting hard, economy, anything you can get your hand on right now you have to take it. >> reporter: for the unemployed, gifts may be coming early this year as many as 700,000 seasonal jobs around the country will be up for grabs. and in preparation for what could be the best holiday hiring season in five years, some of the biggest names in retail are already accepting applications. kohl's will hire 52,000 workers,
a whopping 10,000 more jobs than last holiday season. at wal-mart, 50,000 jobs. 45,000 at toys "r" us, up 5,000 from last year and as many as 90,000 jobs at target. >> what we are seeing this year, retailers placing big bets. >> reporter: jobs that earn $7 an hour means $5,000 by the end of the holiday crush. it may not be much to live on, but for laid off call center worker matthew, it is a holiday wish come true. >> i was looking at the store down there, just something for the holidays, extra income, and pay down some credit card and stuff look that. >> reporter: for some, temporary jobs will turn permanent. last year, toys "r" us kept 15% of seasonal workers, 6,000. target kept 30,000, nearly 30,000 people. >> i applied at target. hope i get a call back from them. >> reporter: fingers crossed. >> yes. >> people complain that holidays come so fast.
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this morning on "world news now" -- breaking news. back in the zone. the nfl has reached a late-night deal with its referees. >> they will be back on the field for tonight's game in baltimore. it its thursday, september 27th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm paula faris. this is great news for the players and the fans, still not going to change the saints' 0-3 record. and we'll have details -- just kidding. first a look at some of the other stories we are following on this thursday morning. >> indeed.
they're calling it the buckeye brawl, the presidential candidates are fighting for the all-important vote in ohio. why the state is so important in the campaign. this news is, this week in news has not been kind to mitt romney. down in polls across the board. including in ohio and florida. mathematically he cannot win the election if he loses both of the states. he is fighting hard now. it appears to be slipping away. >> early voting opens in ohio the day before the presidential debate. so next october 2nd is when early voting begins in ohio. >> big showdown on the third. should be good. plus a food fight in our nation's cafeterias. the federal government says students are eating healthier, they say they're hungry. the creative way that the students are now fighting back. >> the new nutritional guidelines went into effect. the kids say they're not feeling full after the lunch. the calorie, maximum calories has been lowered on the lunches. also her pen has been magic to say the least for years now
author of the harry potter series is now ready to try her hand at writing for adults. she shares with abc now her new book is more reality though than fantasy. quite a departure from harry potter series. interesting back story on her and kind of what motivated newt book. kind of cool, hear from miss rowling. news breaking overnight, professional nfl referees will be back in the game tonight. thank you, lord. the league reached an agreement with the refs late last night. the lockout is over. >> since that outrageous call monday night in seattle. we begin our coverage with abc's dan harris. >> reporter: that late game debacle, hail mary, scramble in the end zone and two replacement refs each making totally different calls. >> this is comical to me. >> the call on the field stand. touchdown. the game is over. >> reporter: the touchdown that really looked like an interception. but let seattle beat green bay.
it infuriated everybody from the announcers to the fans to the players. and even briefly united president obama and republican vp candidate paul ryan. >> give me a break. >> reporter: it appears to be what finally brought the powerful nfl owners and referees' union to this deal arrived at after a marathon negotiating session. refs have been locked out since june in a dispute over both compensation and the power to bench bad referees. but the replacement refs brought in by the league, including one guy who had previously been fired by the women only lingerie football league, proved off to be infinitely worse. >> these replacement officials are not up to the speed of the game. they're not calling the thing that the regular officials would see. >> reporter: the blown calls led to coaches throwing temper tantrums, players arguing their safety was being put at risk, and fans desperately missing the regular refs who are usually taken for granted. >> but the last three weeks we have been focussed in on the
officials. the wrong thing to look at. it's kind of obvious. people watch football games now, they're saying, how many bad calls are the officials going to make? that's the problem right now. >> reporter: the nfl says there will be regular refs back on the field for browns/ravens' game and sunday the rest of the refs will also take the field. and now, they will no longer be taken for granted. dan harris, abc news, new york. music to the ears of many football fans out there. joining us live by phone to talk more about this new deal, jason page from espn radio in new york. >> jason, if you can hear us, probably all familiar with jason, works with us every monday morning. how much did the botched call on "monday night football" have to do with getting the deal done a couple days later? >> the clearly brought the league and its owners a lot closer to what the refs were looking for. from all accounts, paula, rob, it felt like the referees made out pretty well here. more details of this deal will come out later today.
for the next five years, they get to keep their pensions. that was a big battle for them. and you can start asking the question -- what do the owners and commissioners really gain by making their league, you know, the butt of many jokes for the past several weeks. >> jason, as far as you can tell right now what was the main sticking point in why the lockout began in the first place. we heard, use about obviously compensation, ability to bench the bad refs, what was the number one issue and how did they resolve it as far as what we know, we know this news is still breaking though? >> again, the pension was one of the big deals. also the league wanted to be able to add more officials which was going to reduce the overall compensation pool for all of the officials put together. they wanted to start raising a new crop of younger officials. that could help carry the legacy of officiating in this league. now, there was a compromise on that. where the owners were able to get some sort of developmental, some sort of developmental block
of -- of additional referees that will take part. but the bottom line is, the overall compensation for referees really isn't changing much immediately. i think this was a big score for the officials when all is said an done. >> real quick, any concerns that the permanent crew that will be back in place for the game tonight that they will be rusty since they have been out of commission for a little bit? >> it is a possibility. but you know they have been watching film of the games the past few weeks while they were waiting for this thing to get oor ironed out. what really helps, a lot of the referees in particular, the referees they will use for tonight's game, and officials for tonight, they live a short drive from where the game is being played in baltimore. that will help them out a great deal. >> jason page of espn radio new york. jason, as always, a pleasure to have you on "world news now." >> certainly, jason, the refs, the professional refs can't be any rustier than the ones we have been seeing for the past couple weeks, man. that is for sure. thank you for being here. appreciate it.
going to move to the other big story on this wednesday morning. thursday, i should say, wednesday, thursday. >> thursday. >> wow this shift kills me. politics is the story. and the presidential battleground moves to virginia today in fact where president obama and mitt romney have duelling campaign appearances. the second day in the row they shared the same state. yesterday was ohio. candidates focused there on job creation and also threat to american workers from china. >> i am not fighting to create democratic jobs or republican jobs, i'm any fighting to create american jobs. >> do you want four more years with 23 million people struggling to fiend a job? >> romney though is facing a very uphill battle in that state. abc news now has moved ohio from the toss-up column to the lean-obama column in its electoral college ratings. now to the latest fiery rhetoric from the iranian president, railing against the west in what was likely his
final speech before the u.n. general assembly. mahmoud ahmadinejad blasting the u.s. and european union accusing them of entrusting themselves off to the devil. he also referred to israelis as "uncivilized zionists" and ahmadinejad made no mention of the nuclear program, and called for a new world order. both u.s. and israeli delegations boycotted the speech which last 35d minutes. the civil war in syria hit a grim milestone. more than 340 people were killed yesterday, making it the to backuitv release this dramatic video showing the moment the first bomb went off right there. exploding from a white van. the opposition claims that the twin blasts actually killed dozens. we are also following a bizarre story unfolding in phoenix. a man there has been arrested after posting this video that
shows a teenager dressed in ape sheet aiming a rocket launcher at passing cars. at first michael hurley claimed it was a scene from a movie he was making. but when he posted it to youtube he said it was a test to see how fast the police would respond to a terrorist. they responded all right. arresting hurley for faking a terror attack as well as endangerment. >> wow, a very bad joke. emergency crews rushed to the tarmac at jfk airport yesterday, set for a tear fiv terrifying l. the jetliner from rio lost control of the front landing gear. the pilot flew low enough for the tower to see the wheels were turned 90 degrees. after a second fly by and running low on fuel, the pilot told the passengers to get ready. >> they told us the front gear was -- had a problem. so we would have an emergency landing. >> miraculously, just 50 feet
above the runway, nose gear slips into place, and the plane touched down without incident prompting a huge round of applause from the passengers. >> i guess soap. well the search is on for two missing tennessee children. initially believed to have died in a fire near nashville. investigators say no remains of 9-year-old chloe and 7-year-old brother gauge were found in the burned out farmhouse where they lived with the grandparents. but the grandparents' bed were recovered. the children were last seen sunday evening. police in suburban detroit are looking into a new claim about the location of jimmy hoffa's body. they will take soil samples from the ground beneath a driveway after a man told them he believes he witnessed, hoffa's burial 35 years ago. there have been a number of searches for hoffa since the teamster leader disappeared in 1975. an enduring mystery there. wow. what has four wheels and
fleas? well take a look at this. dogs competingen stroller races in a california backyard. other dogs are their hapless passengers. the four canines live with the same california family. >> they need more maneuverable strollers there. not all they can do. this talented crew, races on scooters and kiddie cars with more crashes than bumpers car. their owner says they're all total clowns and having fun. the wagging tails. proof is in the pudding. >> cute video. coming up next, she made magic and millions, almost a billion from the harry potter series for kids. but now will j.k. roing reel in their parents. we'll hear from the author as she prepares to release her first book for adults. >> food fight in cafeterias across this country. why students say eating all the healthy food is leaving them hungry for more. you are watching "world news now." ♪ ♪
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smorgasbord of high fat, high calorie food. new federal guidelines make healthy foods all the rage. >> or are they? in schools across the country, a backlash against new school lunches is well under way. abc's jim avila surveys the s m complaints. >> reporter: it is the lunchroom revolt. students and teachers at this kansas high school creating a viral video protesting the new calorie cutting menus in their cafeteria. they say they're just not getting enough to eat. ♪ we are hungry >> reporter: their complaint, new usda school lunch guidelines rolled out this fall, limiting calories to fight the obesity epidemic among america's youth. the new nutritionist recommended rules restruct elementary schoolers to 650 calories, 700 calories for middle schoolers, 850 for highschoolers to.
day you may find pizza, chicken fingers and french fries. not every day. half of the plate must be filled with vegetable and fruit, milk or fruit smoothie on every trachlt in some schools the amount of food thrown outen cafeterias is shocking. this month we visited a school in suburban chicago where highschoolers analyzed their lunch waste. shocked to find 46 boxes of pears. unopened. schools tell us they're seeing a 50% increase in the amount of lunchroom trash. >> too healthy almost. >> reporter: the usda says the new menus are working at some schools. and the rules are long overdue. >> this is really about our children and health of our children. and making sure that we do do a better job of providing fruits and vegetables and low fat dairy and whole grains. why, a third of our youngsters are obese or at risk of being obese. >> reporter: despite calorie limits. students can get second of
fruits and vegetables. while the healthy food is on the tray, the challenge for america's lunch lady is to get the kids to eat it. jim have l jim avila, abc news. >> drastic change from the days we were in school, mystery meat, jello, any change like that will take some time. long term goal, if you begin healthy habits now. >> early. >> will lead them into adulthood, healthier than maybe folks are now. >> remember the square pizzas we would get. they said they're having much more success with elementary students. and i think. oh. >> look at that. >> is that -- >> aluminum lunch >> mork and mindy. >> rob as mork. >> robin williams in the day. >> had to strawberry shortcake
author j.k. rowling isp to something very new. >> here is the story. >> reporter: books, movies. >> you are a wizard, harry. >> reporter: merchandise. a theme park. the harry potter universe, j.k. rowling's creation has spellbound millions. but now rowling is leaving her wizarding world behind for a decidedly adult novel called "the casual vacancy." you have gone it seems to me, from the ultimate fantasy to the
ultimate reality. >> i have gone from dragons and unicorns and all of the fun that is involved in writing that to a book that's intensely personal, that expresses a lot of my reality. >> reporter: rowling insists the book is not a memoir but did draw on the darker times of her life to craft her characters. >> we have an adult character that has obsessive compulsive disorder these are things i know from the inside, yeah. >> the ocd part as well. >> when i was in my teens i had issues with ocd. >> how did it manifest? >> compulsions like checking things. it is very common. checking, double checking, triple checking. >> reporter: some may wonder why, rowling, almost billionaire would write a book putting her reputation on the line. how will you decide if it is a success? >> it won't sell as many as
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this morning on "world news now," we have some breaking news. done deal, the nfl's official, officials, are officially going back to work. >> it took that disastrous monday night football call to finally end the league's lockout of the regular refs. it is thursday, september 27th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." good thursday morning, everybody. i'm paula faris. >> and i'm rob nelson. we'll get to the details of the late night nfl settlement in just a second. certainly, welcome news, the real refs back on the field tonight for the game. so -- let it begin. >> yes. >> yes, yes, man.
also this half-hour -- >> they won't make one mistake either. >> wishful thinking. also this half-hour, anger at the airlines, passengers have had it up to here with baggage fees. there are some steep new charges on the way. >> had it up to where? >> here. >> i couldn't see. >> and bittersweet homecoming troops just back from battle carrying the memories of their brothers who didn't return. >> you may want to grab the tissues on that story. beautiful scene there. also, later on, in much lighter news, jersey shore -- jewels. j-wow. yep. news about her. you won't believe what she has on her finger. some big news for snooki had the baby. now j-wow. big personal news. and her hand is just a little heavy these days. we'll get into that. >> i wonder why? it could be heavy? little cz there. >> i get it, a tease kind of. >> begin with the breaking news, deal between the national football league and their referees. the lockout is -- over. >> score. >> in the end it was the chaos
of course, over that disastrous call monday night by replacement refs that forced the two side back to the table for some marathon talks. >> feels like a -- jennings interception. >> hate to have to go through it, but, hopefully you can build some character and we can learn something. one thing that we really learned from this as frustrating as it is ultimately it is a game judged by people who are imperfect. >> of course, some judgments are more imperfect than others. so, everyone is glad the professionals will be back tonight. it did not take long once the uproar got, crescendoed after monday night. here we are. done deal. joining us now to talk more about the deal is espn radio new york's jason page. good morning. >> good morning. >> thank you for joining us. i have got to believe the call in seattle ruined the game
for the packers that expedited the deal did it not? >> it sure did. think about this for a second. this has been going on between the referees and the league since june or july. it took three days to bridge a gap between the owners and the referees and the commissioner and the referees that couldn't be bridged going back to june or july. in my eyes, that is for the league and the commissioner, and for roger goodell, they had to go through three weeks with these inferior officials. i believe roger goodell's reputation, as chief officer of the league has to take a hit for allowing this to go on for three allowing this to go on three weeks in the regular season. he cam out and made a statement tonight. very interesting in it. he mentioned the fans. the one thing i would look to see the commissioner do on this, i don't think he will, i think he should. come out and apologize. come out and say, look, i messed this up. it should have gotten done sooner. he won't. but he should. >> probably not a smart bet to think we will get an apology out
of this. >> but what do you thing was the number one sticking point they got resolved, you think the refs made out well in the new deal? >> they did. from all accounts, it sound like the refs made out pretty well. more details of the deal will come out today in term of financial numbers. for the next five years, the sticking point they get to keep their pensions. so what do the owners really gain? they got a compromise from the refs in terms of number of officials. they wanted to add more officials and have more crews. but the refs were worried that was going to hurt the overall compensation pool that they were receiving. that's not going to happen as of right now. they're going to create some sort of developmental group to start bringing in new referees so that years down the line, they'll have some more guys to go to. >> yeah, we are also hearing that quite an increase in compensation, making $149,000 in 2011. it will go up to $173,000 by 2013.
$205,000 by 2019. they will be getting compensated. the honeymoon will last five days, right, jason? >> a few days until somebody misses a pass call. what if the packers miss out on the post season by one game. think about it. what if seattle gets in because of one game? i think that is a fair point too. look, you will have the refs back out there. they temporarily lift the lockout for tonight. so that the -- the refs can have the opportunity to ratify this deal, friday, saturday. there is a lockout in place. it will just be temporarily lifted so they can get the real refs out there for the game. later tonight. >> jason, thank you so much. thank you so much for being with us. we will have the latest coming up on "good morning america." stick with us, everybody. to presidential politics now, where the obama campaign is releasing a two minute ad and in key battleground states, the president lays out a plan to create manufacturing jobs, promote u.s. made energy, and train workers and reduce the deficit. voters in ohio liked the message the president delivered on jobs there yesterday. polls show mr. obama widening his lead in the state. mitt romney also in the buckeye state telling audiences he cares about the people of america.
romney acknowledging that some of the polls show him behind president obama. but he pointed to the first presidential debate less than a week from now as a potential turning point in the race. in new york it was a rough ride for nearly 200 people aboard a brazilian jetliner from rio. they were bracing for a crash landing at kennedy airport because the landing gear was stuck sideways. you can see it there. the pilot circled twice before touching down. the nose gear seemed to miraculously straighten itself out just before the plane hit the tarmac. thankfully no one was injured. but some anxious moments aboard that plane. airlines across the country are raking in big profits from what used to be a free service. they're pocketing billions of dollars in baggage fees all coming at the expense of fed up passengers. abc's brandi hitt has the story. >> reporter: checking your bag at the airport has added up to big business for u.s. airlines. so big airlines raked in record
profits from each and every luggage fee according to a new federal report. >> it is outrageous. >> i think it's awful. >> that's the second $50 charge we've had in a week. >> reporter: those fees starting at $25 added up to $1.7 billion in just the first half of this year. delta airlines topped the list, making nearly $430 million. united was number two, with $351 million. >> they're not going to go away any time soon. >> reporter: abc news travel and lifestyle editor says some airlines are even taking baggage fees to a whole new level in time for the holidays. >> spirit airlines will be charging as much as $100 for a carry-on bag. i think that might take a lot of also sees baggage fees continuing as the airline industry deals with increasing oil prices, labor disputes, and and consolidation. leaving less competition and
fewer flight options. >> to say you have to pay more money when fuel is going down for baggage. is some what ludicrous. >> reporter: one airline taking advantage of the backlash is southwest. >> you have to give it up for bags fly free. >> reporter: in a new ad, southwest is trying to gain customers with the bags fly free. jetblue also gives customers their first checked bag free. experts say the best way to try to save money is book your tickets for tuesday, wednesdays or saturdays which are typically the cheapest days to fly. brandi hitt, abc news, los angeles. >> thank you, brandi. that brings us to the facebook question of the day -- will higher airline fees force you to change your travel plans. holidays a few weeks away. log on to our facebook page. wnnfans.com. and weigh in, everybody. >> i usually go home in january instead of end of december. >> on a plane in a few hours to new orleans. see what the baggage fees are today. yeah. >> here is your thursday forecast, everybody. chance for showers in the northeast. pittsburgh to cleveland, louisville, wichita, oklahoma city.
also, stormy from the texas panhandle to brownsville. showers from the colorado rockies to rapid city. >> 90s in sacramento, phoenix, dallas. mostly 70s in the heartland. 80s in the southeast. yes, sound good. everything is bigger in texas, of course. one thing may be shrinking, the texas twang. >> whew. >> it's okay. relax. researchers from university of texas are on the case. their texas english project find that the twang is very much alive, but it is now more of a matter of choice. >> yes, you can -- you can still hear expressions like, down yonder and y'all. it depend on who the texan is talking to and what the talking is about. see, i happen to think the southern accent -- oh. >> if you really want to hear the twang of texas, you got to go out to dallas first, johnson county, wise county. >> i don't know that i have that much twang. i don't think people have lost their twang.
>> i lost my twang, texas as a whole i don't think it any lost. >> researchers say what is changing the twang is urbanization, mass technology and influx of newcomers and it comes alive if you ask a texan to talk about texas pride. >> i happen to like the southern accent. i think a little -- the twang is kind of sexy for the ladies. i don't know, i like it. it's a cultural thing. i like it. i hope it is not dying out. >> i love "friday night lights." that texas twang. >> texas football show. you like it. southern accent. >> the show is gone, unfortunately. >> never mind. different thought. go ahead. >> national guard unit returning home from afghanistan to a cheering crowd in indiana. an amazing homecoming. our favorite story of the day. >> absolutely. first, something is amok in our nation's capital, not in the usual way. how a national monument is mired in mess. you are watching "world news now." ♪ washington, d.c. ♪ it's paradise to me ♪ it's not because it is the grand old seat ♪ >> announcer: "world news now"
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that shouldn't beep the case as abc's paul beamon reports. >> reporter: washington's national mall, a stunning showcase of american history. but these days, tourists strolling along the reflecting pool probably aren't humming "america the beautiful" that is unless they love algae. >> kind of gross, yeah. that's a little bit of a letdown. >> reporter: 'o beautiful for spacious skies -- waves of algae are spoiling the view. >> you don't get an image like this anywhere else. kind of a detraction. >> reporter: a slimy, smelly detraction that two years and $34 million in renovations were supposed to clear up. the water in the pool used to come from d.c.'s drinking supply. now a brand new pump and pipe system circulates water from the tidal basin and filters with ozone. the park service is calling this a break-in system. saying the new system need fine tuning. >> i know it doesn't look that
good. it is not unexpected. this is a very complex water treatment system. you are going to have to tweak and refine it. >> reporter: for now, fine tuning means skimming green gobs of sludge out of this american icon, the place where martin luther king jr. told the world he had a dream, where a million men marched. and of course, where forest gump took the plunge for love. hard to imagine any one taking the plunge into this for anything any time soon. the park service insists algae is a small bump in the road that will eventually clear up. what is not clear however whether that will happen in time for a rededication ceremony set for this saturday. paul beamon, abc news, new york. wow, reflecting pool is almost as dirty as congress. wow. >> uh-huh. i don't. i really don't. i was kind of grossed out by the algae. throw a little bleach in. maybe that will kill it. >> i don't think it will be ready for saturday for the ceremony. >> uh-huh. not the smart bet.
--. >> laugh my face off? >> that's it. you have seen the guys, great band, distinct look to say the least. kind of taking a hiatus. they say the band is not breaking up. they're saying they decided to take time to explore individual interests in music and other areas in entertainment. broke the news last week. and saying going to call it quits, temporary, not going to break up. saying, look, we have been at this thing for five, six years, want to do other stuff. we have seen this before. band say we're taking time off to do their own thing and never come back. the guys are hugely successful. you hope they -- after so many monster hits. come back together. they're on hiatus for now. >> doing their own independent thing. >> exactly. >> so bradley cooper and zoe saldano are reportedly back together thanks to his mom.
apparently he is a bit of a mama's boys. started dating earlier this year, lasted three months. it fizzled. worked on a new movie. "the word." his mom encouraged him to get back together with zoe. she said she was the first girlfriend she liked and approved since she dated rene zelwegger. so how about that? mom says get back together with her. and son says okay. he admitted the attraction was still there. they are promoting the movie. so they're giving it another -- >> a good-looking couple. that's, you know what i mean. mom knows best. mom said relationship is a -- you know -- important one. and mom knows what she wants for her baby boy. good for that mom stepping in -- to intervene. speaking of relationships for those who are jersey shore fans, out there, first snooki had the baby. now more relationship news coming from the show. j-wow, snooki's cohort, engaged to boyfriend, roger matthews, he is 37 years old. and he asked for her hand in
marriage after they went skydiving. here is the news, here is the news. she is 27. now she is rocking a pink and white diamond engagement ring of 7.5 carats. that is a major, major rock there. so. >> wonder who paid for that? >> he is look a truck driver. good guy. if you have ever seen the show. and, but apparently, i can't imagine what a 7.5 carat ring costs. her hand is mighty heavy these days. they are officially engaged. hey he wanted to get a big ring. pink and white, 7.5 carats. wow. >> sure it is not cz? >> anything is possible. at the jersey shore. they're happy. god bless, j-wow and roger. hope it lasts. >> a couple. i really like. jennifer garner and ben affleck, they have three kids now. on "ellen" going to air today. she talks about something we didn't know about ben. apparently, he has, quote, wonder sperm. they were talking about it.
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and as a sea of relief washed over each soldier, each family, grateful thoughts turned to the hugs and kisses that will never be. >> all those guys are here with us all the time. >> reporter: it was last january when a roadside bomb took the lives of specialists christopher patterson, leonhardt. leonhardt was 21 and his father welcomed home the 713th. >> i want to meet the commander and as many of the guys as i can shake their hand. >> reporter: the four killed in the bombing were in the same vehicle with specialist doug rakowitz who nearly died, helped at the scene by his brother-in-law clint jordan and this was their first meeting since the blast. >> we felt like, you know, we could get one. >> i am so proud of him for what he did over there. and i love you. and i missed you. >> reporter: the 713th lost specialists nicholas taylor and sergio perez
who were killed by small arms fire in an ambush. >> i tell you these men. serve again with them in a heartbeat. >> reporter: when the days were long and the road home seemingly longer, the word of the soldier echoed, in their heads, charlie mike, which stand for the word continue mission. >> he didn't make it home. we did stick together. >> reporter: that mission ended with an honor forged through perseverance. >> we just held on to each other's hands and drove on and completed the mission. and made it home. >> oh. >> incredible story. >> they were there to clear roadside bombs for an entire year. just imagine the danger of that particular mission. >> the deadliest ever deployment for a unit of the indiana national guard. you can imagine what the guys have been through. the bonds of war. the guys who were, made it back, families of those who didn't. still there to support the troops. i think that is so powerful. so praying for all of you guys, back home and those still there. more after this. >> announcer: this is abc's